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RSN™ Guide: ScammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. Crime Scene Investigation

Profile Forensics

Updated September 4, 2018

When You Connect With A Stranger, Look At Their Profile With A Critical Eye!

Of Course, You Should Not Be Talking To Strangers Online! But You Probably Ignored That Warning!

Look for the RED FLAGS

If you see any, walk away! Don’t try to explain it away. Just go!

Walk Through The Profile

  • It is important that you look before and after accepting a friend request.
  • You will be looking for “Out Of Place Artifacts” – odd things, inconsistencies, something inappropriate for this person.
  • You will be looking for what is not there too!

Remember, scammers are sloppy and frequently reuse profiles.

Even if the profile is clean, absences and inconsistencies give them away.

  • Name & Nickname
  • Look At The Url (Web Address) For A Different Name – Hinting The Profile Was Renamed
  • Profile Photos (Any Hint Of Other Names)
  • How Many Photos – Real People Have Larger Numbers Of Photos
  • Where Do They Work – Any Mention In Their Timeline?
  • Schools / Studies
  • Where They Live Now / Used To Live Places
  • Relationships
  • Contact Info
  • Gender
  • Family Relationships
  • Details
  • Verified Profile – if it is a public figure such as a General or Politician they will have a Blue Checkmark
  • Friends List – who is in it?
  • Their Followers
  • Check-Ins – are there any from strange places or Africa?
  • Music & Movies & Books – are they consistent with kind of person?
  • Likes
  • Timeline Posts – Type And Quantity, And Gaps In Time – look for large numbers of posts all at once
  • Look At The Language Used – Is It Consistent For This Level Of Person / Nationality
  • Look At The Language Setting – English (Uk) Or English (Us)

 

Finally, always do a name search to see if there are more profiles with the same name using the same face.

A real person will not immediately give you access to their world, but when you get in expect it to be well populated. A new profile is something to hide, even a real person may have something to hide, either way, it is a major RED FLAG.

WING-MAN

A word about wing-men or women

Always have a friend check out a new contact for you as well. Different people see different things and can be more skeptical about strangers. If you don’t have someone check them out, what are YOU trying to hide?

Look For Red Flags


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FAQ: How Do You Properly Report Scammers?

It is essential that law enforcement knows about scamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.

Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:

  1. Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
  2. Your National Police or FBIFBI FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud. (www.IC3.gov)
  3. The ScarsSCARS SCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims. Visit www.AgainstScams.org to learn more about SCARS. Worldwide Reporting Network HERE or on www.Anyscam.com

This helps your government understand the problem, and allows law enforcement to add scammers on watch lists worldwide.



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